Felicia Nutter

Felicia Nutter, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACZM

(508) 887-4921
Research/Areas of Interest:

Health of free-ranging wildlife, including capacity buildilng for wildlife health professionals; Wildlife rehabilitation and reintroduction; Conservation medicine; Infectious disease ecology and zoonoses; Humane cat and dog population control, especially in lower and middle income countries; transdisciplinary One Health capacity building.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, North Carolina State Univ, USA, 2005
  • Doctor of Vet Medicine, Tufts University, USA, 1993
  • BA, Yale University, New Haven, United States, 1989


Dr. Felicia B. Nutter is a specialist wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist. She has extensive conservation medicine field experience, both domestically and internationally, working at the interface of human, domestic and wild animal, and ecosystem health. Her research interests range from infectious disease ecology, zoonotic pathogen spillover, to veterinary medical contributions to endangered species conservation, and capacity building for transdisciplinary One Health . She previously worked as Regional Field Veterinarian for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo; as Staff Veterinarian at the Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA; and as the founding Assistant Director of Veterinary International Programs at North Carolina State University.

Since 2009, Dr. Nutter has held leadership roles on USAID projects, including as Deputy Director of STOP Spillover (2020-present) and Senior Technical Officer (One Health Workforce 2014-2019: Respond, 2009-2013), focused on reducing the risk of zonotic pathogen spillover and the development of curriculum to support teaching and learning about One Health in multiple countries across Africa and Asia.

As Director of the International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) program at the Cummings School, she mentors veterinary students interested in exploring research and service projects, as well as clinical rotations, in other countries. The IVM program also provides the opportunity for highly-motivated students to earn a Post-graduate Certificate in IVM, which requires the completion of a summer research project. Many students go on to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.